Friday, July 14, 2006
Mopie, a silverback western lowland gorilla at the Zoo, died July 3 during routine social introductions between the two groups of gorillas at the Great Ape House. In 1998, he was diagnosed with fibrosing cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart muscle that results in its decreased ability to pump blood throughout the body. In the days before his death, he was very active and was not showing signs of illness. It is not yet clear the extent to which his cardiomyopathy contributed to his death. Zoo pathologists will conduct a necropsy on Mopie, as is done on all Zoo animals upon death, to determine information that may clarify the cause of death.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
PARIS - French soccer star Zinedine Zidane apologized for head-butting an Italian opponent during the World Cup final, saying Wednesday that he was provoked by insults about his mother and sister. "I apologize, to all the children" who watched the match Sunday, Zidane said in his first, highly-awaited comments about the act of violence that marked the end of his career. Oh yeah, I love the way he's wearing his jacket, like a wounded commando.
Artist, Terra Kuroda, has a brand new web site. The L.A. based artist has a lot of great work that challenges the viewer by not just presenting them with art, but by creating an art experience. Her work often inhabits the physical space of the viewer, and literally incorporates "the moment" of reception. Click here to check her work out.
Ad agency Leo Burnett dreamed up this idea for a McDonald's billboard that takes us fast food junkies back to the ancient days of sundials, casting a shadow on a cup of McCoffee at 6 a.m., and moving along to other various delectable breakfast items until 11, when those scrumptious McDonald's fries are given the nod by the shadowy arches. The billboard went up last friday in Chicago and will stay there for a month, after that the earth will have moved too much to keep the sundial working.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I really dig the designs of Kagan McLeod, not sure if he is an immortal (Highlander ref). But I do know he likes drawing Immortals. Apparently, Kagan is a huge fan of the kung fu and will publish a kick ass graphic novel called "Infinite Kung Fu" (2007). His character designs for the forth coming book are on his website amongst a whole slew of other great illustrations. Also, he has done some work for a remix kung fu DVD series called "Kung Faux", that enlists American actors to voice old kung fu movies that have been re-edited, which can be bought here.